When you plan a wedding reception, anniversary party or family reunion, it can be challenging to find a novel flower arrangement. Balancing a need for novelty and self-expression without crossing over into the ridiculous is also a challenge. Put your own spin on these flower arranging ideas by choosing the colors and varieties of flowers that best express your personality.
If you place rosebuds in rows of all one color on a semi-circular piece of floral foam, it becomes a rainbow centerpiece. Once the flat sides are covered, switch to rainbow roses to cover the curved top. Rainbow roses were developed especially for the cut and dried flower industry by F.J. Zandbergen, using a process originally developed to color chrysanthemums.
Sprigs of rosmarinus officinalis, or rosemary, wired to floral picks work well to fill the spaces between the roses. Veronica Mauvis, administrator of Home Herb Garden, explains why rosemary is included: "Several centuries ago both bride and groom would carry rosemary to the wedding ceremony. It would be woven into the bride's bouquet or head-wreath. The plant was there as a reminder to the groom and bride of their vows and as a symbol of loyalty, love and happiness."
Going on All Cylinders
PVC pipe cut into different lengths and placed on end in groups create dramatic floral displays. Pipe caps one one end and clear silicone adhesive inside the cylinder ensures a watertight seal. Spikes of Gladiolus hortulanus, sometimes known as sword lilies, look great in a tall cylinder. Accent the cylinders with trailing Vinca minor, or creeping myrtle, sprigs.
Just like rosemary, "The gladiolus flower signifies remembrance. It...expresses infatuation, telling the receiver that he or she pierces the heart. It also stands for strength of character, faithfulness and honor," according to the "Flowers Encyclopedia," at Flower Experts.
Walk This Way
Various-sized boots grouped together on a table make a Western-themed or outdoor centerpiece. They make a backdrop for a barbecue, picnic or family reunion when screwed to a fence or wall. Books, cake plates or other items placed beneath some of the boots create height. Spikes of Verbascum Phoeniceum, known as purple mullein, or bunches of Rudbeckia hirta, commonly known as Black-eyed Susan, display to advantage in taller boots. Surround the taller boots with shorter ones filled with Texas bluebonnets or Lupinus Texensis, to complete the informal look.